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Penny outduels Lowry as Dodgers top Giants

Apr 7, 2007 - 7:15 AM SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Brad Penny bent but didn't break against the San Francisco Giants.

Penny pitched seven effective innings and Jeff Kent delivered a crucial RBI single as the Los Angeles Dodgers held on for a 2-1 victory over the rival Giants.

Los Angeles pitching held down Barry Bonds, who went 0-for-4 after hitting his 735th homer on Wednesday and ripping an RBI double Thursday.

Penny was the starter for the National League in last season's All-Star Game but encountered problems with his control during the second half. The hard-throwing righthander was 6-7 with 6.25 ERA in 15 starts after the break in 2006.

On Friday, Penny (1-0) was able to pitch around 10 hits and a walk, allowing just one run in seven frames. He carried a shutout into the eighth but did not record an out in that frame.

"Penny mixed his offspeed stuff better than I have ever seen him," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said. "Better than any time last year, and better than spring training this year. He certainly utilized it to the best of his ability and the result showed. He was strong throughout his performance, and we couldn't have asked for anything more."

"I mixed it up, tried to keep them off-balance, Penny said. "I didn't have the best offspeed today, but it worked out for me."

The Dodgers played some strong defense, spearheaded by catcher Russell Martin, who threw out a pair of base-runners.

"It takes some aggressiveness away," Martin said. "They've got some guys that can steal bases. So, if I do my job, and keep them at first base, we'll get some double plays and that happened. I'm just trying to do my job."

Joe Beimel finished the frame, yielding one walk and strikeout. Dodgers center fielder Juan Pierre misplayed Rich Aurilia's fly ball into a double, and Aurilia was bunted over by Dave Roberts, setting up Vizquel's RBI groundout. Takashi Saito worked around back-to-back two-out hits in the ninth to post his second save.

"Well, (Saito) worked himself into it and out of it, and we're glad to see him get that one out of the way," Little said. Wilson Betemit's fielder's choice scored Matt Kemp to open the scoring in the fifth. One inning later, Kent singled home Nomar Garciaparra to tally an important insurance run.

Noah Lowry allowed two runs - one earned - and six hits in seven innings for the Giants.

"He threw well," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He gave us a chance to win. We had some chances, we just came up short."

Lowry was frustrated by his throwing error in the sixth, allowing Kemp to advance to second and later to third on a wild pitch, setting up Betemit's run-scoring grounder.

"I should have just ate it," Lowry said. "He was moving a lot faster than I thought." The Dodgers have won two straight contests after dropping a pair to Milwaukee to start the season.

San Francisco has now dropped six straight games to Los Angeles at AT&T Park.








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    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 8 1
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 12 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LOS - BRAD PENNY, JOE BEIMEL (8TH), TAKASHI SAITO (9TH) AND RUSSELL
    MARTIN
    SFO - NOAH LOWRY, KEVIN CORREIA (8TH), VINNIE CHULK
    (9TH), JACK TASCHNER (9TH) AND BENGI

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    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 (BOT 7)

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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY WILSON BETEMIT SCORED MATT KEMP.
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    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R MARTINEZ (.111, 0-FOR-1)

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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY WILSON BETEMIT SCORED MATT KEMP.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W BETEMIT ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
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    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R MARTINEZ (.111, 0-FOR-1)

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    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - BRAD PENNY
    SFO - NOAH LOWRY

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: M KEMP (.167, 0-FOR-1)
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    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - BRAD PENNY
    SFO - NOAH LOWRY

    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: R DURHAM (.273, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
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